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The start of the 4-day 4th of July Weekend

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Wow, I am actually going to be off for 4 whole days!!! The weather is supposed to be spectacular, with the begining of the 4 days being in the 80's and climbing to the 90's by Monday. I have such lofty goals for myself. My plans start with an outing to a great Israeli restaurant that is sponsoring a "Jersey Shore" night with a Journey cover band and beach foods. I have volunteered to be the DD since I plan on getting up early tomorrow to work out. Then I want to spend some time at the swim club by the pool in the sun with a book (which I have been trying to finish for about 1.5 months...it is not too good). Later tomorrow I am meeting my friend for Happy Hour (hopefully there will be some good looking, nice men for me to meet). Again, only having a glass or two of white wine as I want to get up early on Saturday, workout and then hit the swim club again for more sun, reading and a dip or two into the pool.

I just got a new TV stand which needs to be put together and I need to disassemble the old one. This too is on the agenda for the one of the four days. I have two baskets of clean clothes that need to be put away which I plan on tackling as well.

Needless to say, Sunday holds much of the same for me...gym, pool and maybe some friends for burgers and drinks later in the day. Of course there is also Monday...yes you got it. Gym pool book. Oh, yeah and I am going to catch up on my DVR files, I think I am at 95% capacity so I need to clean that out (maybe I will catch up on my Bill Maher episodes).

Not exciting to some of you I am sure but for me, it is just what the "doctor" ordered!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CSIENK 7/1/2010 2:06PM

    Sounds like you've got a full weekend planned. Enjoy your time off!
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Cindy (That last one is one of the good looking, nice men you're going to meet! He might as well be into fitness.)

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ECHAVEZ2 7/1/2010 1:42PM

    Sounds like your putting together your action plan for movement! That's great! It beats being a couch potato. I loved the post. Keep moving for a better you. Sometimes making a plan helps with accountability. Then you can scratch out the things you've accomplished, whereas, if an obstacle should arise, you can go back to the list to get back on track. Good for you! emoticon

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Taste Buds

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

They are a funny thing you know. If it was not for our taste buds, I wonder is anyone would be overweight...I mean we would eat tojust survive, not because we actually are liking what we eat...right?

I used to smoke 2 packs of cigarettes a day from the time I was 12 to the age of 36 (I have been a non-smoker for about 10 years now). My taste buds always felt "numb" but after a few months of no smoking, I can tell you they began to come alive. I love good food and alive taste buds make the experience so much more enjoyable. I love eating in a restaurant and trying to pick out the flavors in the food and then going home and trying to recreate these flavors. It allows me to extend my enjoyment of the food for a long time, and would be impossible if not for my taste buds!!!

The other day two things happened to really make me aware of my adversion to sugar. Now don't get me wrong, a nice piece of Dove or a small York Patty or Reese's cup is always welcomed but for me one is enough . Well, anyway, I hosted a B-day party for my friends son. She made this killer chocolate cake with chocolate ganash and white icing). I tasted one little bite of this cake and my teeth HURT...well not actually but I just did not enjoy anything about it so I did not take a piece. Well, later that evening I thought I wanted something to "snack on". I had skinny cow individual ice cream cups in the freezer. I took one and began eating it. It just did not taste good to me, so I let my mom taste it and the first thing she said was "it is probably too sweet for you". Hmmmm, maybe that is it!

I was also reading an article last week that was stating that overweight people might not be able to taste fat, but normal weight people can. Well, I am starting to believe that this statement is true. I used to be able to polish off a bag of potato chips with no problem. Now, I enjoy a few and am satisfied. I get a weird taste in my mouth if I eat too many and I have to stop. I can also taste the "fat" in an avacado, in order to cut the taste I need to sprinkle lime or lemon jucie on the avacado.

Well, you should pay more attention to the taste buds!!! Oh, adn GO USA!!!!!

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RIPPEDPAUL1 6/24/2010 6:42AM

    Good observations

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SKINNYPOWELL1 6/23/2010 4:45PM

    Great blog. Funny how our tastebuds work. I used to love sweets and now I can easily pass them up or just take one bite and I'm satisfied. I've heard after the first few bites of something you really don't taste it anyway, so the first bite is always the best, I'll quit after the first one, a whole lot less calories that way. And since I started eating healthy and staying away from junk, I notice that not only do things taste better but that I crave new things and really enjoy trying things I used to hate. I now eat so many healthy foods that I would never touch before this lifestyle change.

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CSIENK 6/23/2010 4:19PM

    I've also discovered I can have a few potato chips or one Hershey's Kiss and be satisfied. It drives my DH crazy though... as he can't stop at just one himself.

Way to go for your taste buds. emoticon

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Scary moment

Thursday, June 17, 2010

The other night I was driving home from work and noticed a slight pain in my left side. I know that I have an ovarian cyst on the left so I thought, hmmm are you acting up today? Well, I got home and started to cook dinner (I had decided that it would be one of my two nights off from the gym this week). Well, as time passed and dinner came together the pain kept increasing. by the time I was ready to serve dinner, the pain was at a level that was BLINDING!!! I became light-headed, clamy, nauseaus and ready to pass out. After about and hour of this pain I decided to go to the ER. Well, on the way to the ER, the pain STOPPED, yes, just STOPPED. I ended up coming home and eating my yummy dinner. Well, the rest of the night was PAIN FREE. The next morning I got up to go to work and it hit again!

This time, I called the doctor. Upon examination she told me what I feared the most, it was most likely the ovary. Well, today I go for an ultra sound to see what changes are occuring in the ovary. A couple of years ago, an interventional radiologist indicated that he did not like the looks of the ovary but my GP and GYN both concurred that the ovary is stable and did not need to be removed. You see, in order to get the ovary removed, I will probably need a hysterectomy (the uterus is filled with fibroids and is so big it blocks the ovary).

So, my scary moment was not the BLINDING PAIN but the fact that I may be out of commission for 6-8 weeks. All of my hard work (especailly on my upper body, my arms are looking really good!!) will be flushed right down the drain!!! I will need to start at square ONE again.

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DJ4HEALTH 6/17/2010 11:18PM

    You should be able to do the upper arms and now they can take that out by the vagina or small cuts. Research it to find out how they can be done and then question your doctor about all the different types.

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MBSKIT 6/17/2010 2:41PM

    Sorry to hear about your ovary.
Don't look at it as everythign that you worked for will be down the toilet. You can maek good and healthy food choices and you just might be able to do light upper body exercises.
Hang in there and take care of yourself!

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HAPPYLILIMOON 6/17/2010 11:06AM

    I know what you mean, but your good work will not go down the drain! Sure muscles may decrease or you may put on a couple of pounds, but the best thing is that THE BODY NEVER FORGETS and it will take you a lot less time to regain what you lost than when you began exercising.

So cheer up!! You will get rid of a physical problem, which will leave you healthier. I'm sure your body will respond well when you get back to exercise!! After all, it will not be such a long off period.

Good luck!


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THERAPIST2 6/17/2010 10:28AM

    About 12 years ago I had a hysterectomy. The surgery ended up a little more complicated than expected and I was very weak afterward. BUT- it was temporary. The strength began to return and before I knew it- it was old history. Piece of cake LOL. It just didn't seem like it while I was going through it. Just think of it as a detour. You may even feel much better afterward- without the fibroids etc.

I was not too perky for 8 weeks, but my friend went on a cruise 4 weeks after her hysterectomy! emoticon

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SKINNYPOWELL1 6/17/2010 9:54AM

    Sorry to hear you are having female issues and hope you get to feeling better. But seriously, your hard work will not just be flushed down the toilet, I know it may seem that way, but you can still make healthy choices while you are recovering. All is not lost, just slowed down a bit. Just think of it as a temporary inconvenience in your plans, we all get obstacles to go over and encounter road blocks. It's how we handle these "inconveniences" that really count - so stay strong and make good choices - you'll be back at it in no time.

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Surviving the Holiday Weekend

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Wow, can you believe that it is Memorial Day weekend already? It is hard for me to believe it (it feels like yesterday that I was digging myself out of a couple of feet of snow)!!! Well, the weekend is already turning into what I call an eating fest! I am a foodie, I admit it. I love food, but not just food, it has to be GOOD food. My friends and I are GOOD cooks and we really do like the finer things in life!!!

The way this weekend is shaping up, my battle with the food police will begin tomorrow. I have taken off in order to prolong my weekend...I just needed the break (and I am getting my permanat crown on my tooth tomorrow which is very traumatic for me...another story for another day). I am going outlet shopping tomorrow (I need to get a graduation gift at the Coach outlet). After the outlets, my mom and I have made plans to try a new local restaurant near us (memu items under 500 calories and it is supposed to be the new farm to table concept so maybe it will be healthy). Saturday, a group of my friends decided that they want to have a BBQ with CRABS (yummmmmmm). This means, burgers, dogs, salads, and a LOT of drinking! Yes, I can enjoy in moderation but I fear that I will go over board!!! On Sunday, another friend is having a party (she is also a foodie...and did I mention we are all Italian and EXCESSIVE?). I know there will be good food there (not as much alcohol which is good). Then on Monday, I am having a BBQ. At least I know I will have choices that fit into my usual eating habits (lean turkey burgers, sandwich thins instead of rolls, fruit salad and tossed salad with EVOO and Balsamic and lots of VEGGIES and maybe some white wine in moderation).

Oh and did I mention that through all of this, my gym is CLOSED for renovations? Yes that is correct...

It will be a miracle that the scale not move UP UP UP after this weekend! Here is to my control and the success of the "Diet Police".

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CLAZZIC1969 5/27/2010 12:54PM

    Great Blog! emoticon Happy Memorial Day

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EVELADO 5/27/2010 10:01AM

  The most important thing I find when it comes to battling temptation is to have a viable alternative that I can enjoy along with everyone else while they enjoy, well, whatever it is I don't want to eat. If everyone's eating cake, I'll eat fruit. If everyone's loading up on mac and cheese, I'll load up on salad. That way, I don't feel like I'm denying myself. I can calorie splurge like everyone else...I just do it with less caloric foods. It sounds like you've already planned ahead and made sure that you have plenty of healthy alternatives so you can "eat, drink, and be merry" along with everyone else. Great job focusing on what you CAN eat and enjoy instead of what you "can't." Keep it up! This weekend will be a great one filled with fun times and good (healthy) food!

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Biggest Loser Finale

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Okay, so tonight is the Finale for the biggest loser. I am a fan of this show, and appreciate the awareness that it generates throughout this country about obesity and the importance of a healthy weight, facilitated by a healthy lifestyle. I appreciate the fact that the contestants improve their health while on the show. I love the trainer tips and the healthy cooking tips imparted by the guest chefs and trainers.

But watching last weeks episode, the reality of the show really hit home for me. These contestants have a difficult time dealing with the pressures of the REAL WORLD!!!! In my real life I do not spend 8 hours working out. I do not have someone do my grocery shopping for me. I am not under constant watch of a physician. My friends do not have the same weight issues as me nor do they have weight loss goals like I do so I don't have the type of support the contestants have while on the ranch. Well, when they go home they don't have this support either. Losing weight is NOT as EASY for them. And in the case of Darris gaining weight is a REAL possibility. I mean, look at some of the past winners!

I think the show would be more beneficial to the contestant as well as the viewer if it focused more on the issues faced at home than on the ranch. The really motivated ones will do well in order to win the money but success is elusive once the show is done and the money has been awarded!

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GROGGYFROGGY 5/25/2010 1:04PM

    I agree, I think the show is awesome, but they need to teach people how to lose the weight and change their lifestyle, not just go in lose the weight and throw them back into the real world to fend for themselves. It would not be a 5 month ordeal. It is hard and not just the physical stuff! The mental stuff is what gets them every TIME!

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FIT_BY_2012 5/25/2010 12:26PM

    I agree, and am excited for the show tonight!
I get that they do it this way for ratings and viewers, but I think there should be an "after the winner show" to show the struggles they are constantly in and the ways they are (or aren't) dealing with them.
(Like Koli going to Vegas,because home was to hard, well eventually you have to go home so I'd like to see how that works for him.)

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